In 2020, Pippi Longstocking turns 75!
Or, to be completely accurate, the first book about Pippi turns 75 – Pippi herself will always be the free-spirited nine-year-old we know so well.
The first Pippi Longstocking story was published in the autumn of 1945. From a world devastated by war, Astrid Lindgren wrote about a completely new type of girl character. A strong, kind, curious, anti-authoritarian, and playful girl who makes extraordinary things happen. With her mismatched stockings, carrot-coloured hair and freckly face, not to mention super-human strength and resilience, Pippi Longstocking has become a cultural icon.
Join us in celebrating the strongest girl in the world by hosting your own Pippi party! Download our free party pack to make a Pippi party that will go with a bang! Don’t forget to share pictures of your party and preparations using the hashtag #Pippi75Party.
And if you’re a bookshop that would like to host a Pippi party later in the year, please email [email protected] to request a free bookshop party pack and display materials.
Video: How to draw Pippi
Mini Grey, illustrator of Oxford University Press’ brand new editions of the Pippi Longstocking books, shows us how to draw this classic character.